From Service to Tragedy: The Heartbreaking Story of a Plantation Man Who Fought for Mental Health Support

Plantation Father Sought Mental Health Help One Year Before Murders – NBC 6 South Florida

On Tuesday, a tragic incident occurred in Plantation, Florida when 40-year-old Jean Carlos Aponte killed his wife and two-year-old son before attempting to take his own life. Aponte was a plantation man who had served in the military and had recently reached out for help to address his mental health.

Army veteran Chris Haley told NBC6 on Wednesday that Aponte had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Haley accepted Aponte into the Catch A Lift Fund program, which provides former service members with mental health support through working out. “He was suffering from PTSD and TBI,” Haley said. “It’s a bummer because that is the whole reason why our organization exists – to stop this from happening.”

Police have not released any information about how or why Aponte killed his family, but neighbors believe he may have thrown himself into the canal while searching for something. The investigation is still ongoing, and no charges have been filed yet. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat live at You can also visit for additional support.

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